Who was Julie Pomagalski?
Julie Pomagalski was a French snowboarder who competed in Olympics from 2002. She recently was killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday, authorities said. The accident occurred in Switzerland’s canton of Uri shortly before noon.
Julie Pomagalski Biography
Pomagalski was born in La Tronche, as the granddaughter of Jean Pomagalski, founder of the Poma ski lift manufacturing company.
She competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where she placed sixth in parallel giant slalom. She competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where she placed sixth in parallel giant slalom. She won a silver medal in parallel giant slalom at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2003.
How old was Julie Pomagalski?
Born on 10th October 1980, Julie Pomagalski was 40 years old at the time of death, 23 March 2021.
Julie Pomagalski: Olympic Snowboarder Dies
A group of four French citizens were freeriding down Gemsstock mountain when a slab of snow broke loose, according to a press release from Uri cantonal police. Freeriding is a style of snowboarding or skiing performed on ungroomed backcountry terrain, without a set course.
Three people were swept away by the avalanche, sliding down the slope. A search and rescue team that included a helicopter and two avalanche search dogs were deployed to the area. But by the time they arrived, two people were “completely buried” and didn’t survive, police said.
The third was airlifted to a hospital for their injuries, according to police, who didn’t reveal the victims’ names.
It was unclear what caused the deadly avalanche, police said.
Julie Pomagalski Avalanche
The French Ski Federation released a statement Wednesday that didn’t specify the location of the avalanche but identified the two dead as Pomagalski and Bruno Cutelli, a guide and a mountain rescue unit member.
“With nine World Cup podiums, Julie was passionate about snowboarding and mountains,” the federation said.
Karine Ruby Julie Pomagalski
The French National Olympic and Sports Committee took to Twitter on Wednesday to offer its condolences. “The tragic death of Julie, snowboard world champion and Olympian, leaves the France OLY team in mourning for one of their own,” the organization tweeted.
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu also tweeted her condolences.
Trop jeune pour partir. Pensées pour Julie Pomagalski, tragiquement disparue dans une avalanche en Suisse. C’était une championne, victorieuse du gros globe. Sa génération dorée a marqué le snowboard français. Je pense à sa famille, à ses proches à @Meribel3vallees @FedFranceSki
— Roxana Maracineanu (@RoxaMaracineanu) March 24, 2021